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J Reprod Med. 1988 Feb;33(2):223-6.

A comparison of cefonicid and cefoxitin for preventing infections after vaginal hysterectomy.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Illinois 60637.


One hundred women who underwent vaginal hysterectomy were randomly and prospectively divided into two study groups, one to receive a single, 1-g preoperative dose of cefonicid and the other to receive 2 g of cefoxitin preoperatively and postoperatively for a total of four doses. There were no differences between the two groups in the rates of febrile morbidity, urinary tract infection, serious infection, noninfectious morbidity or duration of hospitalization. Both cefonicid and cefoxitin were equally effective in preventing postoperative infectious morbidity and demonstrated little difference in side effects. The single-dose regimen of cefonicid provides the advantages of decreased cost and prolonged therapeutic tissue levels when compared to cefoxitin. Perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis with this single-dose cephalosporin provides a cost-effective regimen that is both safe and prophylactically effective.

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